Art, local history, photography and adventures around Tongwynlais and Castell Coch

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Wooden sculpture of a bench with squirrels around it Fforest Fawr Sculpture Trail - It’s been over two years since Simon O’Rourke installed the new sculpture trail in Fforest Fawr. Simon has shared his initial sketches for the carvings and I take a look at how the sculptures have changed. When I spoke to Simon during the installation he explained that the sculptures would change colour quite dramatically over ... more...
Bronze Age halberd The Castell Coch Hoard - During the Festival of Archaeology, all issues of British Archaeology Magazine are free to view. I did some digging and unearthed an interesting find. In the village of Tongwynlais, just 150 metres north west of Castell Coch and 20cm below the forest floor, a cache of copper weapons lay buried for 4,000 years. On the ... more...
Photo of St Michael's Church on an old postcard Postcards from Tongwynlais – Part 11 - For this instalment of “Postcards from Tongwynlais”, I’ve selected a classic shot of St Michael’s Church with Castell Coch in the distance. If you’re a regular reader, you may have seen this image before but I thought it would be interesting to try and work out when it was taken. It looks like whoever bought ... more...
Castell Coch Research Project screenshot Castell Coch Research Project - Cadw have launched a new project to crowdsource research about Castell Coch. Custodian Tim Parry explains, “We at Cadw would like to encourage proactivity whilst everyone is self-isolating. We are inviting local groups, communities and individuals – anybody who is interested, in fact – to come together and participate in a project about Castell Coch. ... more...
Ivy House farm, Tongwynlais, wide angle from yard, 7/4/2000 Mary Gillham’s Tongwynlais – Part 3 - If you’ve enjoyed the previous instalments of this series, then you’re in for another treat. This may be the final post in the series as I haven’t seen any new images added to the project recently. The images below take us from 1984 to the year 2000. All photos are from the Mary Gillham Archive Project. ... more...